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happened in libya, the violence that cost four americans their lives including u.s. ambassador chris stevens and abc's jon karl is standing by with this late news. jon? >> reporter: this is ahead of a major congressional hearing tomorrow into what happened in that attack on our consulate in libyament and we are hearing new details, details that we have never heard before about what went down and this is significantly different than what we were told at the time. at the time as you recall we were told it was a protest that went bad and became an attack. now we are told there was no protest going on outside that embassy. the first indication that they heard anything outside the walls of the embassy, of the consulate compound was an explosion and gunfire. they looked through a camera to see what was going on and we are told they saw a large number of armed men coming in and approaching that compound. we're told it was a very complex attack without precedent in u.s. diplomatic history, we've never seen an attack like this in libya or anywhere else we were told, by this senior state depar
. >>> and we turn next to new clues in the mystery surrounding the death of the u.s. ambassador, chris stevens, and three other americans in libya. there is a report that two men from tunisia were held for questioning in turkey. and abc news has a provocative document tonight. it is a request from the americans on the ground in libya for help with protection. it raises the question about the state department's response and abc's jake tapper shows us that document. >> reporter: the members of the u.s. military serving as a security support team at the u.s. embassy in tripoli, libya, wanted to keep a small airplane in the country. according to a government source, that was so the team, charged with providing extra security at diplomatic posts, could travel more efficiently around the country, along with their weapons. but state department officials in washington denied that request, according to a may 3rd e-mail obtained and first reported by abc news. copied on the e-mail was u.s. ambassador chris stevens, later killed in a terrorist attack on the diplomatic post in benghazi on september 11th,
. >> reporter: perhaps the biggest distinction, on syria. romney arguing the u.s. should partner with other countries to help arm the rebels to defeat president bashar assad. >> and then ensure that they obtain the arms they need to defeat assad's tanks and helicopters and fighter jets. >> reporter: romney's aide saying romney is not suggesting the u.s. arm the rebels directly. president obama has opposed providing weapons to the rebels partly out of concern that those weapons could wind up in the hands of terrorists. on iran mitt romney earlier this year saying this. >> if we re-elect barack obama, iran will have a nuclear weapon. >> reporter: but today was unclear what exactly romney would do that would be different. the obama administration imposing tough sanctions already. >> i will not hesitate to impose new sanctions on iran and will tighten the sanctions we currently have. >> reporter: the obama campaign asking just what would those new sanctions be, and on libya after the attack in benghazi that killed four americans including ambassador chris stevens, blistering words today from ro
own scorecard tonight. >>> we have more evidence tonight that the u.s. housing market is coming back to life. the number of new homes constructed in september jumped 15% in one month. and that is the fastest rate of new construction since the early days of the recession, in july 2008. something else we've not seen in four years, the fastest rate of applications for building permits, up 12%, a promise of new construction around the bend. >>> and a startling headline today about an article of faith in the health of american families. the annual physical at the doctor's office. a new study by british researchers raises the question, do they really make us healthier and do they save lives? abc's chief medical editor dr. richard besser has been pouring over the results. >> reporter: we've thought of it as the right way to do medicine. urge everyone to get an annual checkup, even if they felt fine. but the study out today, looking at more than 150,000 people at different times in different countries may take you out of that waiting room. comparing average people who got an annual checkup w
low. that is economists say the tough sanctions before the u.s. government. because of iran's nuclear problems. >>> now we tourn a headline that sounded impabl to us today. word of yet another american airlines flight forced to land. passengers bracing for impact. in the end, though, landing gear came down, but some suspicious passengers are telling us they wonder if pilots and other employees are negotiating their labor dispute from 30,000 feet. abc's senior national correspondent jim avila puts that to a question to a pilot who believes in his former airline. >> reporter: the dallas operations center where american airlines struggles to manage delays twice as severe as its competitors and one airborne emergency after another. >> emergency at this time. we're coming back into dallas. >> reporter: nerve-wracking for some passengers, now suspicious that each new delay, each new crisis, may be somehow self-induced. >> are they really heroes or are they guys just creating a job action? >> reporter: former american airlines pilot john carr says pilots would not go that far. but it's clear
and that night four americans lost their lives, including u.s. ambassador chris stevens. tonight, new revelations about the terrorists, the ferocity of their attack and new questions about whether life-saving security was denied. abc's jake tapper has details. >> reporter: that horrifying night in benghazi had former security officials in libya today condemning their superiors for denying their requests for more security agents. >> i asked for 12 agents. his response to that was, "you're asking for the sun, moon and the stars." >> reporter: eric nordstrom, the former security officer at the u.s. embassy in libya, today recalled his biggest frustration as being the state department. >> it's dealing and fighting against the people, programs and personnel who are supposed to be supporting me. for me, the taliban is on the inside of the building. >> reporter: nordstrom suspected the denials for more security were rooted in a fear of making libya seem more unstable. but a state department official denied any politics were at play. >> i have directly served six secretaries of state, democratic and repu
of both, pinning down biden on the administration's shifting accounts of the attack that killed the u.s. ambassador to libya. >> why were people talking about protests? when people in the consulate first saw armed men attacking with guns, there were no protesters. why did that go on? >> because that's exactly what we were told by the intelligence community. the intelligence community told us that. as they learned more facts about exactly what happened, they changed their assessment. >> reporter: ryan made it clear it's an issue the romney campaign will hit hard in the campaign's final weeks. >> and that is what we are watching on our tv screens is the unraveling of the obama foreign policy, which is making the world more chaotic and us less safe. >> reporter: overall, ryan and biden were really at their best last night. biden showing his passion, ryan showing his seriousness. and one big reason for that, diane, is that we had a debate moderator who was able to bring out what these candidates are really about. so, if you don't mind, a little point of privilege, i would like to say kudos
war to resist u.s. aggression and aid korea." the institute recently pulled this video from its website. >> i don't know what this is, but i can tell you that we are very much in charge of the curriculum that is delivered in our classroom. >> reporter: can you be sure that they're not showing videos like this to our kids? >> we have all the curriculum that they deliver, so, yes. >> reporter: so they run by you. >> correct. >> reporter: but does it not worry you that they'd make a video like this at all? >> i don't get into politics. i'm an educator. i'm here to educate our kids. >> reporter: critics, including some top china experts and also some conservatives in congress, say what starts as a simple language program can end up as a stealth pr campaign for a communist government with a terrible human rights record. >> you don't want other countries propagandizing your children. >> reporter: we sent our beijing correspondent, abc's gloria riviera, to the headquarters of the confucius institute to get a response, but she was turned away. >> no? okay. >> reporter: the confucius ins
looking for tens of millions paid by the u.s. postal service to sponsor armstrong and his team. >> his intimidation was absolutely what allowed him to go for so long without more of these allegations coming out. >> reporter: those who went up against armstrong over the years say he kept the fairy tale alive by threatening anyone who raised the doping question. former "bicycling" magazine editor in chief, steve madden now writes "armstrong exerted a corleone-like influence in the cycling industry. he could make an advertiser disappear from our pages." others say his cancer foundation, livestrong, was referred to as his "cancer shield" because it was used to fend off critics. >> i don't think it's so much a shield. i think sometimes it feels like a weapon. >> you're confronted with sort of the perception that if you're not pro-lance, then absurdly, you're pro-cancer. >> reporter: tonight, lance armstrong holds a new title he never wanted, one of the most epic falls from grace ever seen. neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle. >>> and now a note to thank the millions of americans who watched o
for 14 of the 15 hotels the cartagena where u.s. personnel stayed. and no interviews with the prostitutes. and diane, a senior secret service official said the agency has not had a chance to review the report but the director's testimony was truthful based on what the agency knew at the time. a seen your white house official this evening said that the white house still stands by director sullivan. diane? >> jake tapper at the white house tonight. thank you, jake. >>> and, we want to bring you what's new tonight on a story we've reported here before. children, who see those bite-sized pacts of laundry detergent and think they're candy. they eat them, get sick. it's happening more than we knew. a new report out today finding that in a 30-day period, more than 1,000 children were sickened from those candy-colored packets. it is now being called an emerging public health hazard. >>> and, coming up here, an abc news special report. our investigation into a hidden america. children, too afraid of gun fire to go outside. watching, frightened, from their homes. >> please stop killing people. >> w
and this race high. u.s. the mad dash to the finish line, the president and mitt romney with their final arguments. >> i am fired up right now. >> we want you to start voting right now. >> reporter: both candidates crisscrossing the country. the president a rally in florida this morning then flying to ohio. tomorrow, iowa, colorado, nevada. then sleeping on air force one as it flies back to florida thursday then virginia, chicago to cast his vote early and then ohio all over again. mistaking off from florida flying west to nevada tonight here in colorado, tomorrow back into nevada, iowa and thursday, ohio. president obama fueled by his final debate performance with a blistering attack on what he calls romney's shifting positions. that condition he jokingly calls romnesia. >> we joke about romnesia but this is important. this is about trust. you know, there is no more serious issue in a presidential campaign than trust. >> reporter: it's romney in a race to the finish too looking to build on the continued momentum from the first debate firing back at the president. >> he's been reduced to
florida. >> reporter: just as important for romney is ohio, where he is under fire for ads suggesting u.s. automakers are about to ship jobs to china. >> obama took gm and chrysler into bankruptcy and sold chrysler to italians who are going to build jeeps in china. >> reporter: chrysler and gm angrily denied that they are shifting u.s. production to china. and joe biden accused romney of lying and causing panic among autoworkers in ohio. >> thousands of them are calling their uaw reps, "is it true, is it true? is jeep really going to leave? is the announcement not true? are they going to shut down our plant?" what a cynical, cynical thing to do. >> reporter: but the romney campaign does see some positive signs out there, especially in pennsylvania, minnesota and michigan. three states that have been considered solidly democratic, but where the obama campaign is now suddenly playing defense, spending more than $1 million on tv ads for the final week. diane? >> also on the campaign trail, jonathan karl. thank you, jon. >>> and coming up here next, flammable gas leaking and it's not just a d
, afghanistan. now, entering its 12th year. a milestone of sacrifice. the ap says 2,000 u.s. troops have now died in combat there. and abc's michael boettcher has been covering the war in afghanistan from the beginning, living among american troops and the military says, more than any other reporter, including a full year with the 101st airborne. and tonight, he has a report on this crossroads and the road ahead. >> reporter: there is not one face to this grim milestone. there are 2,000. americans who gave their lives in this nation's longest war. soldiers like lieutenant alejo thompson, a son of yuma, arizona, husband and father of two, who was killed last may by an afghan soldier he was mentoring -- a so-called green on blue or insider attack. we traveled to the scene to speak to sergeant joshua danison who witnessed the attack. his is the first public eyewitness account of an insider attack. >> we woke up one morning to some gunshots being fired. it was an afghan national army soldier. the shooter actually walked up to lieutenant thompson, who had already been wounded, and shot him a seco
, security mistakes here at home cost four americans their lives in benghazi, libya, including u.s. ambassador chris stevens? today, hours before the debate gets under way tonight, secretary of state hillary clinton spoke out declaring that the responsibility is hers. abc's senior foreign affairs correspondent martha raddatz is here. martha? >> reporter: good evening, diane. secretary clinton has said very little about the investigation into the deaths of the four americans, but she is now saying she is the one who should shoulder the blame. >> i take responsibility. i'm in charge of the state department. >> reporter: on the eve of this presidential debate, growing questions and political controversy are still raging over the deaths of the americans in libya. >> the president and the vice president certainly wouldn't be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals. >> reporter: in last week's vice presidential debate joe biden said the white house was unaware of security requests from state department officials in libya who had told congress of tho
we wondered exactly how many bayonets are still in military use today, and we're told the u.s. military still has more than 600,000 in its inventory just in case. >>> and we move on now to your money and a jolt to american 401(k)s. if you checked the markets, you saw the downward spiral today. the dow tumbling more than 240 points, the worst day since june. so what is going on? abc's sharyn alfonsi tells us. [ bell ringing ] >> reporter: that closing bell sounded like the end of a prize fight, but there was no winner today. stocks tumbled across the board after a series of low earnings reports from some big household names. first chemicalmaker dupont reported a 98% drop in profit, declining sales across the world and announced it will cut 1,500 jobs, then xerox reported earnings down too, 12%. consumer products giant 3m scaled down future earnings projections sending the stock south. add to that unrest in spain today. european debt concerns that had been on the back burner rearing their ugly head after moody's downgraded spain's credit rating. the market went into free fall. t
the terror attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. six weeks ago costing four americans their lives including ambassador chris stevens. we have learned the name of a tunisian man taken into custody. he's 28 yeerts old. the white house weighed in on e-mails sent while the attack was under way. the e-mails informed them that a radical islamic group was claiming responsibilities. but secretary of state hillary clinton said those e-mails weren't hard evidence and all of the incoming information had to be value waited. >>> and back here at home, attention, shoppers, a large-scale credit card theft is sweeping 63 stores. it happened at the nation's largest bookstore, barnes and noble. how did thieves get into the checkout machines? abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas has been investigating that today. >> reporter: today, barnes and noble announced it has been the victim of a massive, sophisticated scheme targeting credit and debit cards. thieves went after these tiny devices known as pin pads we routinely use to swipe our credit and debit cards for purchases. 63 stores in nine states w
york, virginia, maryland, have all declared a state of emergency ahead of this storm. even the u.s. navy is taking this storm seriously, pulling 21 ships out of the harbor in norfolk, feeling they'll be safer in the open water than they will be bouncing around in port when this storm comes onshore. so, where is this storm going? let's show you the latest from the hurricane center, and you'll see in the track, it is still expected to run up the coastline, go out a little bit and then coming back in, making a sharp left turn on monday, toward the shoreline. spaghetti models indicate we don't exactly know where this storm will make landfall yet. we'll pinpoint as we get closer to this storm. but whateverewherever this stor going, it's going to make even more headlines. sandy's already killed at least 30 people in its march across the caribbean. seen from space, this storm is monster-sized. clouds stretch 2,000 miles. tropical storm-force winds extend more than 500 miles. and it will likely get worse before it's over. as sandy marches up the east coast, it will collide with an arctic f
, it will still have these strong tropical storm-force winds and plenty of rain and doesn't exit the u.s. until friday into saturday in the northern way. dia diane. >> okay, sam, i think i can see that water up to your knees right now and want to tell for those of you we're saying good night but for the rest of you we will take a short break and be more with our special one-hour broadcast of "world news," so please stay with us. have a safe night. >>> tonight boys of summer arrived home. we're live at the world series winners get a big welcome back. >> from boys of summer to a winter storm, we'll take over from pounding waves to piling snow. we're tracking pro gress for you. >> international guard is on storm duty tonight. the search and rescue role it will play as the hurricane develops.. >> and a story only on abc 7 news tonight. remarkable recovery of a young woman who took a spill in yosemite. >> theing moment san francisco city hall. giants sweep world series and tonight, they have come home champions. good evening, everyone, i'm carolyn johnson. >> our giants return home today as conquer
and plenty of rain and doesn't exit the u.s. until friday into saturday in the northern way. >> okay, sam, i think i can see that water up to your knees right now and want to tell for those of you we're saying good night but for the rest of you we will take a short break and be more with our special one-hour broadcast of "world news," so please stay with us. have a safe night.
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